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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In Bee Like Me by Lesley T. Dokes, Bee meets different types of birds, all with the same question, “Do you want to be like me?” Bee compares his talent, style, abilities and his physical attributes with the birds. As Bee continues with his journey of reflection, he finds out that he is unique and loves himself just as he is. All the birds possess amazing characteristics and skills - some look more elegant, others are more powerful, while others possess amazing singing abilities but, still, Bee is not convinced he wants to imitate any of them. As he continues, sometimes he is filled with self-doubt but this does not change his mind. He still wants to be himself; he knows that he is amazing just as he is and he does not need to imitate anyone.
In Bee Like Me, Lesley T. Dokes teaches a wonderful lesson through a lovely whimsical tale. Every parent will find this book useful for their children while helping them learn self-love. Bee takes a journey in which he learns about his own uniqueness and he also builds his self-esteem even when faced by other powerful and even more talented characters. The illustrations are bright and colorful and the narration is kept at a minimum, which is appropriate for the targeted readers. At the end of the book, suggested activities are discussed which will assist the teacher or parent in helping the child make the best out of the book. Bee Like Me is well-written and contains an invaluable lesson for children.